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post #1 of 21 Old 12-21-2016, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Make any riding glove into a touchscreen sensitive glove

You may have already seen this trick, but I hadnít, so I did a quick write up of it in case any of you wanted to try it.

I usually have my phone mounted on the bike when I ride so I can listen to music. I wear gloves, so itís impossible to swipe past a song on the phone with my gloves on, since the touchscreen wonít work with my gloves. You could buy touchscreen sensitive gloves, or you could use this cheap fix; for $11.00, you can make every pair of gloves you have touchscreen sensitive.

You need some electrically conductive thread; I bought a spool of it on Amazon, though some better stocked craft/hobby stores may have it on hand. Hereís the link:

https://www.amazon.com/Adafruit-Stai...ductive+thread

I just did the index finger on my left hand, since I just need it to swipe the touchscreen to change songs. You could do the finger and thumb if you want to try something like enlarging the screen (obviously, something you wouldnít do while riding).

The trick is that the thread has to go all the way through the glove, so it can touch your finger inside the glove. I sewed from the outside (the lining of the gloves was too thick to turn the gloves inside out), and made large loops from the tip of the finger down towards the palm. The loops are about a half inch long. I made sure I could feel the thread inside the fingertip of the glove. Once the large loops were made, I ran a few stitches across the fingertip, perpendicular to the large loops, to tack the loops down so they didnít snag on anything. You don't need to be a great seamstress to do this fix; if you can thread a needle, this shouldn't be any problem.

In spite of how bulky the gloves are, you can still swipe the screen, or dial a phone number (again, not while riding!). It also works for a GPS screen.
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That's cool. Is electrically conductive thread just wire?

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That's cool. Is electrically conductive thread just wire?
No, it's actually thread; it's just stiffer than regular thread.

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That's cool. Is electrically conductive thread just wire?
Clipped from the web: "Most threads are metalized with an alloy of various metals, which can include silver, copper, tin and nickel. The core is normally cotton or polyester."

Essentially, common thread is bonded / embedded with metal particles via pressure or vacuum.
Sometimes, one element of a 4 part woven thread is straight up wire.

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The thread certainly gives the appearance that there is no solid strand of wire in it, so I'm inclined to believe that the fiber itself is impregnated with a conductive material.

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I have older summer gloves, both leather and textile that I can lick the fingertip for momentary phone use. Could be a salt buildup over the years conducting when moist.
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I could never do that....I know where my gloves have been.

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Odd, my gloves work my Garmin GPS just fine through the Ram Aqua box plastic cover just fine. Not magic threads needed.
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Same here...The regular gloves work on my Garmin, but not on the Droid Turbo.

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I never had a problem using the touch screen with any pair of riding gloves I've owned except my Klim Fusion gloves. Even with rubber gloves on I can still use my touch screen.


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